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British Computer Society Is Officially At Civil War

arethuza Re:Typical bureaucratic garbage (275 comments)

I seem to remember at least one society at University (I think it was the Economics Society or similar) that only existed so that the members could take turns holding various posts so they could put it on their CVs. I don't think they ever did anything other than hold meetings to decide who was going to do what for the next month.

more than 4 years ago
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Doctor Slams Hospital's "Please" Policy

arethuza Re:socialized healthcare (572 comments)

In the UK you are perfectly able to go elsewhere to a private hospital - you just have to have private insurance or pay cash.

more than 4 years ago
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Texas Schools Board Rewriting US History

arethuza Re:1984 (1238 comments)

Airstrip Troopers?

more than 4 years ago
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The Apple Two

arethuza Re:The end of homebrew (643 comments)

Wasn't there a manual that was a print out of the assembly for the ROMs - or I did imagine that?

more than 4 years ago
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Why Some Devs Can't Wait For NoSQL To Die

arethuza Re:Article summary (444 comments)

Navision isn't really that big - it's meant for fairly small implementations. SAP - that is large.

more than 4 years ago
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What Is Holding Back the Paperless Office?

arethuza Re:Basically? (511 comments)

Using signature fields in PDFs can work pretty well - especially if you use an Adobe-rooted certifying signature applied to the whole document. Not open and not cheap though.

more than 4 years ago
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Scottish Wave Energy Plans Move Forward

arethuza Re:Transmission (100 comments)

Dounreay was more of a research location rather than a site for large scale power generation - the main nuclear power stations in Scotland are fairly close to cities (Edinburgh for Torness and Glasgow for Hunterston). It is a bit of a give away that it's about as far as you can get from London and still be on the mainland and have reasonable communication links.

more than 4 years ago
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The Value of BASIC As a First Programming Language

arethuza Re:Start with scripting (548 comments)

I used to have the same attitude about JavaScript - then I learned jQuery and got more familiar with the language and I really like it now - it has some serious quirks but at the core it is one neat little language.

more than 4 years ago
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NSA Still Ahead In Crypto, But Not By Much

arethuza Re:NSA didn't know about public key crypto? (208 comments)

The US does not have "ownership" of UK nukes and certainly doesn't have hard controls that could stop them being used if the UK wanted to but the US didn't. Royal Navy Trident submarine commanders still have the ability to launch under their own authority (albeit with plenty of procedural controls, involving hand written letters and BBC Radio 4).

more than 4 years ago
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NSA Still Ahead In Crypto, But Not By Much

arethuza Re:Until (208 comments)

So what, I can factor large primes in my head!

more than 4 years ago
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Why Broadband In North America Is Not That Slow

arethuza Re:This is just a reminder. (376 comments)

You do realize that Europe (10,180,000 km2) is larger than the United States (9,826,675 km2)? Of course, the EU is smaller than that, but the EU isn't Europe.

more than 4 years ago
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Researchers Find Way To Zap RSA Algorithm

arethuza Re:"overclocking" machines vulnerable (173 comments)

Yeah - that would be pretty interesting. Presumably the only reasonable inference that could be made if the NSA have deprecated RSA-style crypto is that they suspect/know that it has some real flaws that are much more serious than the type described in this article.

more than 4 years ago
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Long-Term Storage of Moderately Large Datasets?

arethuza Re:Paper tape. (411 comments)

Yes it does.

I knew a company that did maintenance of old control systems for industrial plant - into the 1990's they were having to maintain mini/mainframe kit from the 1960s.

Some devices booted from paper tape and, over the years, the paper tape had worn out so it had been replaced with leather tape....

more than 4 years ago
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DMCA Amendment Proposed For UK

arethuza Re:Not so surprising (208 comments)

Cool - I can just imagine the question "So, how did you get into politics"... "I replied to a posting on Slashdot"

So are the Pirate Party seriously looking for candidates? I live in Edinburgh North & Leith.

more than 4 years ago
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DMCA Amendment Proposed For UK

arethuza One lost vote for the Liberal Democrats then (208 comments)

I had been contemplating voting Liberal Democrat as they seemed to have at least one MP who actually has a clue (Vince Cable) - which is one more than the other parties can muster. I'll go and read up on this and if they did table this then that's my vote going somewhere else... of to check the Pirate Party site to see if they are going to have a candidate here at the next general election.

more than 4 years ago
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Opera For iPhone To Test Apple's Resolve

arethuza Re:Well, Opera Mini isn't strictly a browser... (292 comments)

I don't think that Opera the company would ever intentionally abuse this situation - but what about if their servers are compromised, digruntled employees etc. Would I check my personal email this way? Yes. Would I recommend to someone that they confirm multi million pounds transactions through this route (and I do know people who do this daily) - probably not.

more than 4 years ago
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Opera For iPhone To Test Apple's Resolve

arethuza Re:Well, Opera Mini isn't strictly a browser... (292 comments)

But it's not an end-to-end encrypted connection - there are two, one from the server to Opera's servers and another one from their servers to the browser. Would I trust Opera Software to be an intermediary in all transactions I did online with visibility of all of my secrets? In all honest, probably not. But that might not stop me using Opera - it would just stop me from doing anything that I want to keep reasonably secret on it.

more than 4 years ago

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